February 9, 2021
There is a particular word in our gospel reading that is worth further reflection. Most manuscripts upon which our Gospel text is based suggest that Jesus is moved with “pity” when He sees the man filled with leprosy. But there are some reputable manuscripts that suggest that Jesus became “angry” or “indignant” when the man approached him. Interestingly, here, Jesus’ anger or indignation is not directed against this man because he is interrupting or bothering Jesus. Rather, Jesus’ anger and indignation is that such a state of affairs would exist for this man.